Friday, 17 January 2014

Getting To Know You: Part 1 My Bookshelf

Isn't it nice to know a little bit about the people behind the blogs. I don't mean, my exact location, weight and bank details, no, just some things that make me, well, me.

I figured every month I would have a bit of a get to know you moment, where I can share some things about me.  I don't mean spouting a loads of boring facts (although don't shoot me if I decide to do a facts one), but just something that makes me tick.

This is the very first Getting to Know You, part one if you will, and for this first post I decided to pick something very close to my heart, books.

I have a little dream.  I want to have my own little plot of land, build my own house and have a little small holding.  I envisage some chickens, geese, a goat, pig, Shetland pony and then the slightly more usual dogs and cats, maybe we'll throw in a child or two, but we'll see.  In my little house I want my own room, a library, filled with all the books I've read.  I want the walls to be jam packed with books and unusual artifacts I've picked up around the world.  I want a nice comfy armchair to sit in and read, with a lamp and little side table next to me.  I want it to be small and cosy.  This is my aim in life, to get to this point.

So this is where we start, I am building my way to this dream.  I need to work damn hard to get there, but to be able to see my walls filled with books I need to make sure my collection is growing at a healthy pace.

I figured I would share with you my books, my collection so far.  I intend to keep this list an add to it as an inventory of the books I own.  It could be seen as extremely sad, but I blinkin' love it.

For One More Day - Micth Albom
Cents and Sensibility - Maggie Alderson
Night Train - Martin Amis
The Rachel Papers - Martin Amis
Flowers in the Attic - Virginia Andrews
The Bride Stripped Bare - Ananymous
Call Me Elizabeth - Dawn Annandale
Cocaine Nights - J G Ballard
Empire of the Sun - JG Ballard
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - Jean-Dominique Baury 
Elephants on Acid - Alex Boese
Thin - Grace Bowman
My Shit Life So Far - Fankie Boyle
The Resurectionist - James Bradley
My Book Wook - Russel Brand
Booky Wook 2 - Russel Brand
Oscar Wilde and the Candelight Murders - Gyles Brandreth
The Good Prison Guide - Charles Bronson
Candy - Kevin Brooks
Confessions of a Conjuror - Derren Brown
Tricks of the Mind - Derren Brown
A Piece of Cake - Cupcake Brown
A Clockwork Orange - Anothy Burgess
Running With Scissors - Augusten Burroughs

In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
Girl 4 - Will Carver
Thining the Herd - Cynthia Celan
Pirate's Daughter - Margaret Cezair –Thompson
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbowsky
Victoria Decides to Die - Paulo Coelho
The Graft - Martina Cole
The Jump - Martina Cole
The Runaway - Martina Cole
Amanda's Wedding - Jenny Colgan
Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend - Jenny Colgan
Do You Remember the First Time? - Jenny Colgan
The Good The Bad and The Dumped - Jenny Colgan
Looking for Andrew McCarthy - Jenny Colgan
Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe - Jenny Colgan
Operation Sunshine - Jenny Colgan
Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop of Dreams - Jenny Colgan
Talking to Addison - Jenny Colgan
West End Girls - Jenny Colgan
Working Wonders - Jenny Colgan
The Stud - Jackie Collins
The Coroners Lunch - Colin Cotterill
May I Have Your Attention, Please? - James Corden
Girlfriend in a Coma - Douglas Coupland

Playing with the Grownups - Sophie Dahl
Someone Else's Life - Katie Dale
Thanks for Nothing - Jack Dee
A Gathering Light - Jennifer Donnelly
Room - Emma Donoghue

My Mad Fate Diary - Rae Earl
American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
Air Babylon - Imogen Edwards-Jones
Beach Babylon - Imogen Edwards - Jones
Fashion Babylon - Imogen Edwards-Jones
Hospital Babylon - Imogen Edwards-Jones
Hotel Babylon - Imogen Edwards-Jones
The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides
The Big Overeasy - Jasper Fforde
The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
The Fourth Bear - Jasper Fforde
The Collector - John Fowles
The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
A Million Little Pieces - James Frey
The Russian Concubine - Kate Furnivall
Under a Blood Red Sky - Kate Furnivall
The Sabotage Cafe - Joshua Furst
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arther Golden
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
East of the Sun - Julia Gregson
The Seven Days of Peter Crumb - Jonny Glynn
Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen

The Raw Shark Texts - Steven Hall
48 - James Herbert
Moon - James Herbert
Once - James Herbert
Nothing Blue - Tom Holt
Juliett Naked - Nick Horby
Please, Daddy, No - Stuart Howarth
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

The Friday Night Knitting Club - Kate Jacobs
Fifty Shades Darker - EL James
Fifty Shades of Grey - E L James
Out of the Blue - Belinda Jones
Living La Vida Loca - Belinda Jones
The Love Academy - Belinda Jones

The Trial - Franz Kafka
Autofiction - Hitomi Kanehara
The Sound of Laughter - Peter Kay
Girl, Interuppted - Susanna Kaysen
I Heart Christmas - Lindsey Kelk
I Heart Hollywood - Lindsey Kelk
I Heart London - Lindsey Kelk
I Heart New York - Lindsey Kelk
I Heart Vegas - Lindsey Kelk
The Brutal Art - Jesse Kellerman
One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest - Ken Kesey
Christine - Stephen King
Geralds Game - Stephen King
Misery - Stephen King
Needful Things - Stephen King
Rose Madder - Stephen King
'Salem's Lot - Stephen King
Grotesque - Natsuo Kirino
Out - Natsuo Kirino
The Ice Cream Girls - Dorothy Koomson
Marshmallows for Breakfast - Dorothy Koomson

The Girls - Lori Lansens
To Kill A Mocking Bird - Harper Lee
Hospital - Toby Litt
Love Lives - Josy Lloyd

Don't Tell Mummy - Toni Maguire 
The Rise of the Wonder Girls - Sarah May
On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan
From Notting Hill With Love...Actually - Ali McNamara
Breaking Dawn - Stephanie Meyer
Eclipse - Stephanie Meyer
New Moon - Stephanie Meyer
The Host - Stephanie Meyer
Twilight - Stephanie Meyer
Apples - Richard Milward
Ten Story Long Song - Richard Milward
The Last Empress - Anchee Min
A Dirty Job - Christopher Moore
Labyrinth - Kate Mosse
Island of the Sequined Love Nun – Christopher Moore
Practical Demonkeeping - Christopher Moore
How to be a Woman - Caitlin Moran
The Gospel According to Chris Moyles - Chris Moyles
The Official Second Book - Chris Moyles
Audition - Ryu Murakami
In the Miso Soup - Ryu Murakami
Piercing – Ryu Murakami

One Day - David Nicholls

Animal Farm - George Orwell

Choke - Chuck Palahniuk
Belle - Lesley Pearse
Camellia - Lesley Pearse
Charity - Lesley Pearse
Ellie - Lesley Pearse
Remember Me - Lesley Pearse
Rosie - Lesley Pearse
Secrets - Lesley Pearse
Tara - Lesley Pearse
The Virgin of Small Plains - Nancy Pickard
Change of the Heart - Jodi Picoult
Handle With Care - Jodi Picoult
Harvesting the Heart - Jodi Picoult
House Rules - Jodi Picoult
Keeping Faith - Jodi Picoult
Lone Wolf - Jodi Picoult
Mercy - Jodi Picoult
My Sisters Keeper - Jodi Picoult
Nineteen Minutes - Jodi Picoult
The Pact - Jodi Picoult
Plain Truth - Jodi Picoult
Picture Perfect - Jodi Picoult
Perfect Match - Jodi Picoult
Salem Falls - Jodi Picoult
Second Glance - Jodi Picoult
Songs of the Humpback Whale - Jodi Picoult
The Tenth Circle - Jodi Picoult
Vanishing Acts - Jodi Picoult
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Snap - Mark Powell

The Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick

A Surrey State of Affairs - Ceri Radford
Wonder - R J Ralacio
The Dice Man - Luke Rhinehart
Hothouse Flower - Lucinda Riley
Wetlands - Charlotte Roche
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J K Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J K Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J K Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - J K Rowling
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J K Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J K Rowling
The Death Instict - Jed Rubenfeld
Bad Monkeys - Matt Ruff

Extra Confessions of a Working Girl - Miss S
The Strip - J J Salem
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim - David Sedaris
Everything We Ever Wanted - Sara Shepard
Homicide - David Simons
The Game - Neil Strauss
Valley of the Dolls - Jaqueline Susann

The Call of the Weird - Louis Theroux
The End of Mr Y - Scarlett Thomas
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
The Reckoning - Patricia Tyrell



Filth - Irvine Welsh
Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh
Street Kid - Judy Westwater
Passing for Normal - Amy Wilensky
Prozac Nation - Elizabeth Wurtzel


Strangers - Taichi Yamada
The Uninvited - Geling Yang
Hard Boiled Hard Luck - Banana Yoshimoto


Naturally I have read alot of other books, but these are the ones I have on my bookshelf, the most important ones.

This list has made me realise how lazy I have become recently with my reading choices, I used to pick the most way out interesting books I could find, but now it feels they have all got  a bit samey... Right, I'm off to look for something a bit different, Japanese author? Oh Yes please!

Let me know if you have read any of the books on this list.

p.s. I edit all my pics with PicMonkey.

Stay Sexy,


  1. Out by Natsuo Kirino is my favourite book of all time. I remember taking a chance on it when I was into foreign fiction and never looked back. It still leaves me wincing, despite having read it more times than I can count. Glad someone else has read it, most look at me with fear when I let them in on what it's about! xo

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  2. Your bookshelf is incredible!
    I've always wanted to try a few books from Jodie Picoult, you certainly seem a fan :)
    Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

  3. What a wonderful collection! Your shelves are beautiful. The Virgin Suicides is absolutely one of my favorite books. You have excellent taste!

    Tightrope to the Sun

  4. what a lovely collection of books you have even given me some ideas of new things to read :)

  5. I want a huge library too! I've read lots of books on your list, I'm currently reading the latest lindsey kelk book I heart Christmas, but had to stop as apparently there's a gossip girl reveal and I haven't caught up on the last season! haha

  6. I love this, I used to have a massive bookshelf but I had to get rid of a lot when I moved, kindle's are great and all but there's nothing quite like a good book x

  7. You should give Jodi Picoult 'The Storyteller' a read.!